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Seeing Lab: People-reading

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Location: Chelsea, Manhattan
145 W 28th St 3rd Floor
Btwn 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10001 (Map)
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Class Information

  • Class Level: All levels
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this communication skills training:

Students will learn how to detect and read facial micro-expressions, small contractions of the facial muscles that last only tenths of a second, but give a window into what someone is feeling.

Ever talk with someone & get the feeling that there's something more they want to say? Maybe they said they were happy, but you noticed a tint of sadness. Or maybe they said were mad, and you noticed a hint of happiness.

In this course they'll use imaging software, the same kind used for training detectives and members of secret services, to do a pretest of your people-reading abilities. 2.5 hours later, your post-test scores will show you how much you've learned. Are you a natural at reading expressions? In this course you'll find out.

By learning how to notice and read facial & body micro-expressions, you'll become more compassionate, aware & intuitive. You will notice the beauty of mixed emotions and feel a big boost in your ability to cut through the clutter to figure out what truly matters to your conversation partner.

Scientific background:
This lab is based on Dr. LeeAnn Renninger's research on memory and the 5 senses, Paul Ekman's research on facial expressions, Karl Grammer's research on movement cues. There is a follow-up course available for advanced learners.

What's included:

  • 3 hours professional training
  • Expertise in the fundamental skills of emotion reading
  • Something new to notice & talk about

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Please note that tickets are not refundable or transferable. They can only be used for the date purchased.

Teacher: Dr. LeeAnn Renninger

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LeeAnn's interested in all kinds of things, from noticing patterns in the way New Yorkers part their hair, to the evolving shape of car headlights to look like facial expressions. She has a PhD in Social Psychology/Urban Ethology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and a research specialization in interpersonal relations, particularly related to the perception of success: in relationships, in making good decisions, at work, and at play. LeeAnn has led 5-senses, curriculum development, and micro-expression training courses across 4 countries since 1998.

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LifeLabs NY
Chelsea, Manhattan
145 W 28th St 3rd Floor
Btwn 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10001

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LifeLabs New York is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in New York City. We are an incubator for ideas on living wisely and well, offering courses, labs, and events for the common good.

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Reviews of Classes at LifeLabs NY

(4 Reviews)

Attended: Seeing Lab: People-reading

Great class, fun and instructive engaging teacher and material! Facility was a bit hot!

Attended: Yapper Lab: The Art of Great Conversation

Class was great!

Attended: Yapper Lab: Master the Art of Small Talk

Fantastic class. Really interesting material (scientific and data-backed, but still super fun and engaging) and the instructor was great at presenting all in a fun manner that really makes you think. I've taken a ton of lessons from this class that I still practice weeks later and it has really helped me focus and improve my conversational skills - both casual and professional.

Attended: Yapper Lab: The Art of Great Conversation

Super fun class! "Spark questions" were my favorite take away.

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